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Even Perlman?

論より証拠(Ron yori shouko;“Proof over theory”) Definition: The proof of the pudding is in the eating. Things tend to be clarified more by evidence than by arguing or philosophizing about them. Concrete examples are the first step and foundation when trying … Continue reading

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Make sure to rationalize your hands more often in the winter

(to prevent chapping) 理屈と膏薬はどこへでも付く (Rikutsu to kouyaku wa doko he demo tsuku; “Rationalizing and ointment will stick anywhere.”) Definition: People can come up with rationalizations for almost anything. The ideal of reason is a rigorous search for the truth no … Continue reading

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Please do not bend, fold, spindle or mutilate

曲学阿世 kyoku.gaku.a.sei Literally: bend – study – flatter – society Alternately: Twisting knowledge or reason in order to fit in with a trend or pander to some powerful element of society. Perverting truth in favor of social or political expediency. … Continue reading

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There’s no sense crying over every mistake. You just keep on trying ’til you run out of cake.

試行錯誤 shi.kou.saku.go Literally: test – go / conduct – disordered – error Alternately: Trial and error. Solving a problem through repeated attempts. Notes: This seems to have been directly translated from the English “trial and error.”

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Faith and Reason and the Atheistprofessor Boogieman

In the beginning, Al Gore created the internet, and saw that it was good. But then people starting sending each other chain mails, and spam, and viruses, and making crappy Geospaces websites, and things have gone generally downhill ever since. … Continue reading

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